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Fri, Jun 20, 2014

Valley Metro Bus Operator Commended for Stopping Wrong-Way Driver

Bus operators do more than drive – they are an extra set of eyes and ears on the street, always aware of their surroundings, ensuring the safety of passengers and others on the roads. Valley Metro express bus operator, Tyrone Nelson, is an example of an alert driver in action.

“Valley Metro operators serve as more than drivers, they are an integral part of daily life in the communities they serve,” said Steve Banta, Valley Metro CEO. “Tyrone’s actions were critical in helping protect the public and we thank him for his quick-thinking.” 

Tyrone was returning to the ValuTrans bus yard on May 23, 2014 at approximately 7 a.m. when he was able to deter a wrong-way driver on a Grand Avenue exit ramp at Camelback Road and 43rd Avenue (a very busy Phoenix-area road). Tyrone took quick action by stopping the bus, activating his four-way flashers and using the bus horn to get the attention of the driver in a small pick-up truck. Tyrone also called a supervisor for assistance. Due to Tyrone’s actions, the driver of the pick-up truck realized his error and turned his truck around to travel the correct direction on the off-ramp. Tyrone used defensive driving techniques to help save the driver and others from potential serious harm.

To commend his heroic actions, Tyrone was recognized at the June 19 Valley Metro Board meeting and commended by the Phoenix Police Department. As a part of regular instruction, bus operators receive Transportation on Patrol training provided by Phoenix Police. The training equips them with the skills to prevent accidents on streets and roadways.

Photo caption: Bus operator Tyrone Nelson receives recognition from Steve Banta, Valley Metro CEO.

Tyrone and Steve

About ValuTrans: ValuTrans is a division of Total Transit, a contractor providing bus operations for Valley Metro.

About Valley Metro: Valley Metro provides eco-friendly public transit options to residents of greater Phoenix and Maricopa County including the planning and operations of a regional bus system and the development and operations of light rail. In Fiscal Year 2013, total ridership for the system was 73.4 million passengers, which set a new record for bus and light rail boardings. The first 20 miles of light rail opened December 2008. Seven light rail extensions are planned or are under construction that will create a 60-mile system by 2034. Valley Metro also offers transit options including alternative transportation programs for seniors and people with disabilities, commuter vanpools, online carpool matching, bus trip mapping, bicycle safety and telework assistance. Two Boards of Directors set the policy direction for the agency with the intent of advancing the regional public transit system. Get the latest news by following us on Facebook and Twitter or visiting


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